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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Jean Pie Hyacinthe Paul Jerome Casale, French World War I fighter ace and test pilot for Blériot.

1918 – Lt. David Ingalls claims his fifth victory, becoming the only U.S. Navy ace of World War I.

1949 – First flight of the North American T-28 Trojan (A model shown), a piston-engined trainer used by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy; later, it is used as a counter-insurgency aircraft in the Vietnam War.

1956 – The Luftwaffe is re-formed in West Germany.

1966 – Marina Solovyeva sets a women’s airspeed record of 1,270 mph in a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PF.

2009 – A French Navy Aviation test flight involving two Dassault Rafales flying back to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) collide in mid-air. The incident occurs in the Mediterranean off the coast of Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France;  one pilot is rescued after ejecting from his aircraft while the second pilot is listed as missing.

Updated: September 24, 2015 — 1:37 AM

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